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October 2020

Love is Love~ I Corinthians 13: 1-8a

By | October 11th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 11, 2020 Today is Coming Out Sunday. Our reading from Paul reminds us that love never ends. The community of Corinth was divided just as we are divided today. The various churches tried to show their devotion to God. Their works can be distorted if these works are not ...

September 2020

The Life We Ought To Live ~ The Gospel According To Mark 1:14-15 and Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:1

By | September 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson September 13, We are honored to have with us today, the esteemed Dr. James Lawson. The readings tells us the kingdom of God is at hand. These readings were chosen since the message of Christianity does not coincide with the teachings of Jesus. The words "kingdom of God" ...

August 2020

Have You Heard About Love?~Romans 10: 12-15

By | August 9th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 9, 2020 Today we are talking about love. The apostle Paul says God is love. Those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them.  By substituting the word love for God, the text takes on a deeper meaning. Currently, the world is in the worst ...

May 2020

Truth~ The Gospel According To John 14: 15-17

By | May 24th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 24, 2020 As the reading today tells us, truth is in us. Truth is defined as being according to fact or reality. There is a second definition. It is a judgement or idea that is true or accepted as true. These two definitions can be in conflict. A truth ...

March 2020

Our Only Health is the Disease~ John 9: 1-11

By | March 22nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Steve Meineke March 22, 2020 During this season of Lent, we are talking about our spiritual health. Since we are experiencing a global pandemic currently, health is on our minds already. The disease we are talking about today is guilt. Contrary to most people's belief, guilt is not always bad. According to Dr. ...

January 2020

December 2019

Do You Know What Time It Is? ~Romans 13: 8-12

By | December 1st, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 1, 2019 During these dark winter months, we all need a little lift. Our reading from Paul gives us that lift. Love does no wrong. Now is the time to wake from sleep. Time is running out so put on the armor of the light. Paul continues that we ...

September 2019

Don’t Sell God Short~ Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15

By | September 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 29, 2019 Everyone understands the difficult and complicated process of selling a house. The reading today details such a sale. Jeremiah is offered some property by his cousin who needs the money. This was not a normal transaction though. During this period, Jerusalem was under siege by the Babylonians.  ...

For Christ’s Sake~Paul’s Letter to Philemon 1-21

By | September 8th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 8, 2019 The letter to Philemon is one of the historical writings from Paul. He applies the principles of the Christian faith to an everyday problem. Paul was evangelizing in the Greco-Roman world. This raised many questions as they were not familiar with Jesus or the Jewish faith. They ...

July 2019

Beyond Radical Welcome~ Luke 7: 36-50

By | July 14th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Jude Johnson July 14, 2019 Happy Pride weekend! Today we celebrate action. Justice-seeking action that springs from love and courage. It all began 50 years ago at Stonewall. From our reading, the line rings out, "Do you see these women?"  A woman washes Jesus's feet with her tears, dries them with her hair, ...

February 2019

Where Did I Put Those Keys?~ Matthew 16: 13-20

By | February 17th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn February 17, 2019 The reading today offers us several topics to discuss. Peter is told he is the keeper of the keys to heaven. If you take the Bible literally, then the passage gives us several points.  These are Jesus is the messiah, heaven is real and has a gate that ...

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May 2018

Safe Church:From Crazy Dancing to a Movement John 15: 9-17

By | May 6th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Jaime Romo May 6 2018 The church community, 90 years after Jesus's death, was evolving. Today's reading speaks to this transformation. This Sunday is both Safe Church Sunday and communion. Both are about community and connection. The reading from John touches on love, friendship, and the commandments. John speaks about going out ...

November 2017

Unmerited Grace~Deuteronomy 8:7-18

By | November 19th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Grace is never earned. God is generous in giving grace and mercy. During this time of thanksgiving, let us contemplate all the things we are blessed with, big and small, that you are born with.  Some examples would be being tall, being born male, or being born ...

May 2017

Non-Matter That Matters

By | May 21st, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/219246171 Given By Judith Johnson May 21, 2017 Matter is anything you can touch, smell, or taste, has mass, and takes up space. Non-matter does not have these qualities. Some non-matter can be defined like the concept of time. Other non-matter eludes definition like the concept of love. Today, we are talking about one such ...